The Kings of Cool: A Prequel to Savages
Simon & Schuster
Publication date: June 2012
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
“Blazing . . . Studded with the same sharp, lean dialogue and quick-witted calculation [as Savages].”
-- Janet Maslin, The New York Times
In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twenty-something best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Among the most celebrated thrillers in recent memory-and now a major motion picture directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone—Savages was picked as a best book of the year by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly, Janet Maslin in The New York Times, and Sarah Weinman in the Los Angeles Times. Now, in this high-octane prequel, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are. Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past, The Kings of Cool is a breathtakingly original saga of family in all its forms-fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers. As the trio at the center of the book does battle with a cabal of drug dealers and crooked cops, they come to learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents' history. A series of breakneck twists and turns puts the two generations on a collision course, culminating in a stunning showdown that will force Ben, Chon, and O to choose between their real families and their loyalty to one another. Fast-paced, provocative, and wickedly funny, The Kings of Cool is a spellbinding love story for our times from a master novelist at the height of his powers. It is filled with Winslow's trademark talents-complex characters, sharp dialogue, blistering social commentary-that have earned him an obsessive following. The result is a book that will echo in your mind and heart long after you've turned the last page.